Panchase trek is a pretty short and easy camping trip which lies in the west of Pokhara.
Panchase Trek (3-4 Days)
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Panchase trek is a pretty short and easy camping trip which lies in the west of Pokhara. This is a wonderful trek in Nepal which starts and ends in the attractive ‘City of Lakes’ Pokhara. The uppermost point of Panchase trekking is about 2500m above sea level, & a trip comfortable on the body. This trekking offers you magnificent mountains views like Annapurna Himal, Dhaulagiri Himal, Manaslu Himal, Ganesh Himal, Fishtail or Machhapuchhre, Himchuli and other peaks as you hike along the Panchase trail. The attractions are awesome on this trip. This trek provides you lovely villages and mid-hill cultural life experiences. This is a typical family trip as you can hike with your children watched over & supported with our highly experienced crews. Panchase is one of the most popular short treks available in Nepal.
This trek is an ideal way to explore the area around Pokhara for those short on time or relatively new to trekking, without missing out on the amazing views over the surrounding mountains or the experience of village life! Your trek starts in style with a gentle boat trip across Lake Phewa to take you to the start point, where a short climb will be rewarded with stunning views out across the Annapurnas, Machhapuchhare (Fishtail), Dhaulagiri and Manaslu, which will form the backdrop to much of the trek. The trail will take you up to the World Peace Pagoda, through the forest where you can see the flora and fauna of Nepal and past a number of villages where you can experience the daily lives of the local people. It takes you up to an elevation of 2500m on the summit of Panchase hill, from which (if you are willing to get up early enough!) you can see a stunning sunrise over the snowy Himalayan peaks. This trek is also a great extension to any of our tours of Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan.
The path follows up and down on the hills with paddy fields, forest and grassland. This way is pretty tough for trekkers heading up to Ghorepani. Because of this Panchase trek is a famous destination which lies in the Annapurna region but most backpackers are unaware of this. Panchase Bhanjyang is the highest point of this trek from where we can see the most stunning views of hills, Kusma Bazaar and Pokhara (famous as the city of lakes). During the trek, the most eye-catching scene is watching birds. Sometimes, you have to walk about five to seven hours during a trek. In fact, the Panchase trek is a combined travel package which offers tours and trekking in a single travel menu. This trek also offers opportunities for some great photography.
Following items are covered within the package price:
- Annapurna Conservation Entry Permits
- Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS Cards)
- Three meals a day breakfast launch dinner
- Accommodation in the mountain at tea house lodge
- Trekking begins and ends point by bus
- Guide: English speaking, insured, registered, well-equipped, salary, food and accommodation
- Medical kit box
- Beverages, Tips, your insurance, personal/natural expenses, Food in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
Boat across Lake Phewa, trek to Bumdi (1,520 m./ 4,986 ft., 3 hrs)
Start with a boat ride across Phewa Lake to reach the starting point of the trek. The trail climbs for a short distance up to the Shanti Stupa (also known as the World Peace Pagoda), built in 1973 by a group of Japanese Buddhists. It is a popular tourist attraction in Pokhara, but as you continue on the trekking trail, the crowds will diminish.
Continuing on from the Shanti Stupa, the trail takes you down through the forest and then steeply back up and through the village of Lukum Swara. Most of the inhabitants of this area are ethnic Gurung and Brahman people, and you will have plenty of opportunities to observe their rural lifestyles on this trek. Today’s hike ends at Bumdi village.
Trek to Panchase Bhanjyang (2,065 m./ 6,774 ft., 4 hrs)
Today’s walk will continue through the forest, and the mountains will be visible from time to time. Peaks to look out for are Lamjung, Gangapurna, Machhapucchare, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, and Manaslu. Your guide should be able to distinguish these for you. The forests through which you’ll pass are especially interesting for their variety of flora and fauna, including an abundance of birdlife, monkeys, orchids, and numerous plants. In spring, you may be able to see Nepal’s national flower, the Rhododendron, in full bloom. The day ends with a gentle ascent to Panchase Bhanjyang.
Trek to Bhadaure (1,670 m./ 5,479 ft., 3 hrs)
Early this morning (the earlier the better if you want sunrise views), climb the stone steps about 500 meters up to Panchase Peak. This is the highest point on the trek, and from here you should be able to see an amazing panorama of the mountains that had just been peeking out at you on the trek so far. Have breakfast at the summit, then spend the rest of the day descending gently to your stop for the night, Bhadaure.
Trek to Naudanda (1,515 m./ 4,970 ft., 2 hrs), short drive to Pokhara (800 m./ 2,624 ft.)
Today’s walk descends gently, following a jeep trail much of the way, and will pass through several villages. At Naudanda, the trekking trail joins the road, and you will be picked up here and driven back to Pokhara. Alternatively, extend the trek by one day or several, by following one of the suggested variations, below.
This is a wonderful trek in Nepal which starts and ends in the attractive ‘City of Lakes’ Pokhara.
This trek is an ideal way to explore the area around Pokhara for those short on time or relatively new to trekking, without missing out on the amazing views over the surrounding mountains or the experience of village life!
- Enjoy one of Nepal’s easier treks, great for families or those with moderate fitness
- Gain views of peaks such as Dhaulagiri, Lamjung, Machhapuchhre and Manaslu
- Summit Panchase Hill (2,500m) for one of the best views of the Annapurna Himal
- Witness rural Nepali life in the villages, inhabited mainly by Gurung and Brahman people
Nepal’s peak trekking seasons of autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) are ideal. But the Panchase trek is also a good trek for the winter months as it doesn’t ascend too high, and the mountain views in December and January can be especially good around Pokhara.